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Making Your City "EV Ready"

As cities look to capitalize on the opportunity that EVs can bring, from lower maintenance costs for consumers to better air quality for residents, they also must lay the groundwork for their communities to become ‘EV ready’.
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Analysis: Electric Vehicles Pay Their Fair Share

Recent tax policy analysis by the Great Plains Institute for Drive Electric Minnesota found that electric cars pay just as much or more taxes as comparable gasoline vehicles.
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The Lowdown on the Federal EV Tax Credit

If you’re thinking about purchasing a plug-in vehicle in 2017, chances are good that you’ll still be able to cash in on that deal, but it won’t be around forever.
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June 29, 2019

Business and Government Collaboration Creates Electric Vehicle Charging Solution: Case Study in Red Wing, MN

Businesses in the City of Red Wing, MN are a prime example of the forward–thinking needed to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure. …

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June 23, 2019

Electrifying the Family Road Trip

The American Automobile Association (AAA) expects 100 million Americans and more than 50 percent of families to pack up the car for a road trip this summer (even more than last year).  In Minnesota, the popular trip ‘Up North’ to Lake Superior is the first to go fully electric with the Interstate 35 corridor now boasting enough chargers to power any electric vehicle (EV) from the Twin Cities to Duluth. Historic Highway 61, made famous by Bob Dylan’s acoustics, is also now electrified with chargers located near popular recreational and historic stops. 

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June 20, 2019

Behind the Wheel: GPI Electric Vehicle Drivers Share Their Experience on Public Radio

Many of our Great Plains Institute (GPI) staffers have become owners of fully-electric vehicles in recent years. Over the last several months, Minnesota Public Radio shared their stories on air.

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June 15, 2019

Meeting Demand for Electric Vehicle Charging Along Minnesota’s North Shore: A Case Study

The draw of a popular tourist destination and an enterprising partnership created a win-win situation for electric vehicle (EV) drivers and Minnesota communities from the Twin Cities…

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June 11, 2019

Legislative Outcome on Electric Vehicles in Minnesota—Going Forward by Not Going Backward

We communicated a great deal about electric vehicle (EV) bills in the Minnesota legislature this year given their potential to shape the trajectory of EV adoption in the…

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May 6, 2019

The EV-olution is here!

Earlier this spring, 100 electric vehicle (EV) stakeholders gathered for a day-long event, “EV-olution: Charging Ahead with Electric Vehicles in Minnesota Communities,” held at the at the Como Park Zoo…

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April 16, 2019

Minnesota Legislature at a Crossroads – Accelerate Electric Vehicle Benefits in the State or Hit the Brakes

Minnesota’s emerging electric vehicle (EV) industry is at an important pivot point. After years of effort by many people and organizations, the conditions are right for growth…

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April 14, 2019

Federal Bipartisan Effort Seeks to Expand Electric Vehicle Tax Credit

With more Americans taking advantage of the federal tax credit on electric vehicles, a bipartisan group of US senators seeks to remove a roadblock to continue that momentum.

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April 3, 2019

Minnesota Releases a Vision for an Electric Vehicle Future

The Great Plains Institute, which facilitates Drive Electric Minnesota, collaborated with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on a vision for the…

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April 2, 2019

Federal Tax Credit Drives Electric Vehicle Adoption

In a promising sign for the adoption of electric vehicles, some manufacturers are hitting the federal tax credit cap. American taxpayers who purchase a qualified plug-in electric vehicle are eligible…

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